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Friday, October 3, 2008

Bradford Little Theatre Announces Auditions For "A Christmas Story"

BRADFORD ‑‑ Bradford Little Theatre has announced audition information for its December production of the classic comedy "A Christmas Story,' humorist Jean Shepherd tale of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker wishing to find a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under his Hohman, Ind., Christmas tree in 1938.

"I'm looking forward to bringing this iconic movie to the stage," said director Nanci K. Garris.

A pre-audition workshop is set for Monday, Oct. 13, 7-8 p.m. at Bradford Area Public Library.

The script calls for a minimum cast of 11 – two men (adult Ralph and The Old Man), two women (Mother and teacher), two girls (classmates about age 9) and five boys (Ralphie and classmates about age 9, and little brother). However, there can be as many as 19 actors plus extras in the cast, Garris said, including some recorded voices and some children for classroom or playground scenes.

Auditions will be held at the BLT office, 78 Main St., Suite 302 of the Forest Oil Building on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. for youngsters, and then from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for adults, and Monday Oct. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for adults.

Also, anyone interested in working as a stagehand or in other ways offstage, may come to auditions to sign up.

The show will be BLT's first performance in the full 500-seat Bromeley Family Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20, and 2 p.m. Dec. 21.

Teaming up with Garris again will be producer Diane Kerner Arnett; the longstanding duo most recently led the March production of "This Day and Age" and the December 2006 production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." They also shared director/producer duties for "The Mousetrap," "War of the Worlds" and "Nunsense."

Perusal scripts are available at the Bradford Area Public Library for reading there.

The script is by Philip Grecian, based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, copyright 1983 by Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Brothers and written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark. Based on the book "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Shepherd.

In the show, Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Goldblatt's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out."

All the elements from the motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scot Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios; and more.

For further information about the show, people may contact Garris, 53 School St., or check the BLT Web site at

For information about season tickets, advance individual tickets or group rates, people may contact BLT ticket master Marcia Morrison through the Web site; by email at tickets@; or by mail at BLT, P.O. Box 255, Bradford PA 16701.

The BLT season is supported by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania's General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Elk County Council on the Arts. Also, McKean Arts Council supports this season.

Bradford Little Theatre continues to promote, encourage, and produce community-based theatre in the Bradford area. By making theatre available and accessible to the public, BLT provides opportunities for community participation, appreciation, and education, thus enriching the community and increasing interest in the arts. An award-winning theatre company, BLT is a member of the American Association of Community Theatres, the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS), and is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres.

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